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5 Reasons Why The Originals Is Better Than The Vampire Diaries

Charles Michael Davis, Joseph Morgan

The Vampire Diaries may have some new competition in the vampire department... from its own spin-off!

The Originals has been The CW's strongest rookie performer, with its latest episode drawing 2 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demographic, nipping at the heels of its predecessor, which drew 2.6 million and a 1.2 in its latest outing. The Vampire Diaries spin-off, which was picked up for a full season on Monday, also cracked the Top 5 in our Fall TV Popularity Contest, receiving a 57 percent approval rating from TVGuide.com users. (Fox's Sleepy Hollow came in first with 85 percent.)

The CW orders full seasons of The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign

But it's not just the ratings that prove The Originals has found a following. After only a handful of episodes, The Originals has... read more

Why S.H.I.E.L.D. Is This Season's Biggest Disappointment

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

I'm going to get right to the point: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not good.

Five episodes in, and I'm ready to quit -- and I don't quit anything. I'm still watching Grey's Anatomy, Project Runway and yes, even the boys vs. girls season of America's Next Top Modelbut S.H.I.E.L.D. is pushing my limits.

Last week's episode was a small step in the right direction, finally introducing the show's Big Bad, Centipede. But I'm finding it hard to muster up anything beyond apathy towards this evil. Why should I care whether or not Coulson's team can save the world from Centipede when they haven't given me a single reason to care about the people doing the saving? Here are seven ways that S.H.I.E.L.D. went wrong: 

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Should The X Factor Just Die Already?

Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Simon Cowell

When The X Factor first came to the U.S., the initial reaction was, "Why?" Unfortunately, three years later, the question remains the same.
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Real-Life Shark Jumping Reminds Us to Ask: Which of Your Favorite Shows, You Know, This Season?

Hugh Laurie

Around here, usually we talk about "shark jumping" in the context of a TV show that's past its prime, but this weekend a very surprised Panama City, Fla., surfer experienced the opposite when a 4-foot-long spinner shark jumped over him. Check out the video:

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Has The Office Jumped the Shark? Ricky Gervais Sure Thinks So

The Office, Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais may have applied for the top job at Dunder Mifflin, but don't expect to see him on The Office come fall.

The creator and star of the original BBC version of the sitcom criticized the hourlong season finale of the American Office on his blog Friday, writing, "If you're going to jump a shark, jump a big one."

The Office finale: Who should be the new boss?

Gervais, 49, is an executive producer on the U.S. adaptation and guest-starred earlier this season, reprising... read more

Bristol Aside, Has Dancing Jumped the Shark?

Dancing With The Stars

Bristol Palin's implausible run to third place on Dancing with the Stars surprised us all, really angered one guy and had many fans citing it as a "jump-the-shark" moment for the show. But has Dancing traded ballroom heels for water skis for other reasons?

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Take Sarah Palin's eldest daughter out of the equation (or imagine she wasn't on Season 11 at all!) and you are still left with a season overstuffed with gimmick after gimmick, week after week. Coming off a strong Season 10, producers kept everyone — contestants included — on their toes with new twists, such as Acoustic Week (with a round stage, natch), Rock 'n' Roll Week, TV Theme Week, and the much ballyhooed and successful Instant Dance, in which dancers received their music 20 minutes before hitting the stage.

The new elements all lend themselves to the theme of the season: unpredictability. But did they also take away from — and affect — the dancing? When the pros ...
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Which of Your Favorite Shows Have Jumped the Shark?

Glee

The TV season is in full swing, and new shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Nikita have really connected with audiences. But have any of your favorite returning shows Jumped the Shark?

Maybe Glee's relentless, preachy theme episodes are starting to get on your nerves? Is Modern Family feeling a little repetitive? Do House and Cuddy together gross you out? Did the Mad Men proposal catch you off guard? Do you wish that ... read more

Which Returning Shows Have Never Jumped the Shark?

NCIS

With so many of our favorite shows returning for fall, we want to know: Which have never jumped the shark?

Returning Fall Shows: Where We Left Off

Is Smallville flying high in its tenth season? Has NCIS kept its edge through the Tony and Ziva... read more

Did Entourage Have Too Many Special Guest Stars?

Entourage

Entourage's season finale featured almost as much star wattage as the MTV VMAs, airing at the same time as Sunday's episode. Eminem, Minka Kelly, Ryan Howard, Drew Brees, Mark Cuban and Christina Aguilera all stopped in to help set up the series for its final season.

Eminem thrives at VMAs ... then leaves

But as Jump the Shark fans well know, guest stars can be a sign of strength or weakness. read more

Happy Days Writer Defends "Jump the Shark" Moment

Henry Winkler

More than thirty years after The Fonz' infamous water ski trick on Happy Days, the phrase "jump the shark" is among the most dreaded to hear in the TV industry.

But back in 1977, series writers including Fred Fox Jr. simply thought the stunt would be a good way to utilize actor Henry Winkler's real-life... read more

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